“En el principio Dios creó a…” El ‘Génesis’ original llega a internet


Los rollos del Mar Muerto fueron reconstruidos con imágenes en alta definición (Israel Antiques Authority/Cortesía).

Las piezas fueron fotografiadas en alta resolución y pueden ser consultadas en la web de la Biblioteca Digital de Rollos del Mar Muerto.

Fragmentos de cientos de textos bíblicos podrán ser consultados en línea a partir de este martes en versiones digitalizadas de papiros publicadas por Google y las autoridades arqueológicas de Israel.

Entre unas 5,000 imágenes de pergaminos y papiros se encuentran partes del Génesis, que narran La Creación, y del Deuternomio, que aborda el episodio de los Diez Mandamientos.

(via. http://mexico.cnn.com/tecnologia/2012/12/18/en-el-principio-dios-creo-a-el-genesis-original-llega-a-internet)


Eagle Eye: The Best Satellite Views of the Earth


The Skytree, the tallest self supported building in Asia, located in Tokyo

If you really want to know where you are, you need to pull back—way back. DigitalGlobe has rounded up the most amazing satellite images of the Earth created this year, ranging from a glimpse of the desert cauldron of creativity that is Burning Man to a massive copper mine in the South American country of Chile. These images show the surface of our planet as we’ve shaped it.

(via.  http://science.time.com/2012/12/13/eagle-eye-the-best-satellite-views-of-the-earth/)

Mine Kafon: The low-tech, high-design tumbleweed minesweeper


The Mine Kafon is a low-cost wind-powered mine detonator with the appearance of a giant, spiky-armed tumbleweed.

The Mine Kafon is a low-cost wind-powered mine detonator with the appearance of a giant, spiky-armed tumbleweed.

An Afghan designer and former refugee has developed a low-cost, wind-powered mine detonating device inspired by the toys he played with as a child.

Massoud Hassani‘s Mine Kafon is composed almost entirely from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, with a skeletal structure of spiky plungers that resembles a giant spherical tumbleweed from another planet.

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/29/tech/innovation/mine-kafon-tumbleweed-minesweeper/index.html?iid=article_sidebar)


Mideast men go under knife for manly mustaches


Members of Iraq's parliament vote in 2002. Luxurious mustaches became ubiquitous during Saddam Hussein's rule, but have been seen as a symbol of high social status since Ottoman times.

Members of Iraq’s parliament vote in 2002. Luxurious mustaches became ubiquitous during Saddam Hussein’s rule, but have been seen as a symbol of high social status since Ottoman times.

Thick, handsome mustaches have long been prized by men throughout the Middle East as symbols of masculine virility, wisdom and maturity.

But not all mustaches are created equal, and in recent years, increasing numbers of Middle Eastern men have been going under the knife to attain the perfect specimen.

Turkish plastic surgeon Selahattin Tulunay says the number of mustache implants he performs has boomed in the last few years. He now performs 50-60 of the procedures a month, on patients who hail mostly from the Middle East and travel to Turkey as medical tourists.

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/29/world/meast/mustache-transplants-middle-east/index.html?iid=article_sidebar)


México alista tres nuevos satélites para garantizar telecomunicaciones


Felipe Calderón inauguró el nuevo centro de control del Sistema Satelital Mexicano en la Ciudad de México

Felipe Calderón inauguró el nuevo centro de control del Sistema Satelital Mexicano en la Ciudad de México

El futuro de las telecomunicaciones en el país está garantizado con tres nuevos satélites que se incorporarán a partir de diciembre próximo al Sistema Satelital Mexicano (Satmex), afirmó este jueves el presidente Felipe Calderón, al inaugurar el nuevo centro de mando del sistema.

“No solo renovamos nuestra red satelital, sino que garantizamos la cobertura del sistema de telecomunicaciones en todas las ciudades del país”, dijo Calderón en uno de sus últimos actos oficiales antes de dejar la presidencia.

(via. http://mexico.cnn.com/tecnologia/2012/11/29/mexico-alista-tres-nuevos-satelites-para-garantizar-telecomunicaciones)

México tiene 40.9 millones de usuarios de internet: INEGI


El 64.1% de los usuarios de internet en México tienen entre 12 y 34 años, informó el INEGI

El 64.1% de los usuarios de internet en México tienen entre 12 y 34 años, informó el INEGI

En México hay 40.9 millones de usuarios de internet, de los cuales el 64.1 % tienen entre 12 y 34 años, informó este jueves el Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) en su Encuesta en Hogares sobre Disponibilidad y Uso de las Tecnologías de la Información.

La cifra de cibernautas aumentó en un 8.8 % en comparación con 2011, informó la dependencia a través de un comunicado. Y el número de hogares que cuentan con internet también se incrementó a 7.9 millones, cifra que representa el 26 % del total en México.

(via. http://mexico.cnn.com/tecnologia/2012/11/29/mexico-tiene-409-millones-de-usuarios-de-internet-inegi)

Brain-controlled helicopter takes mental concentration to new heights


An electroencephalography (EEG) headset is used to measure increases in mental concentration. The toy helicopter, called the Orbit, can then be configured so that the more the user concentrates, the higher it flies.

A toy helicopter controlled by nothing but brainwaves could be available to the public just in time to hover under this year’s Christmas tree.

Currently touted on crowd-funding website Kickstarter — where it has already exceeded its pledge goal twice over — the Orbit comes equipped with an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, capable of reading electrical activity along the scalp.

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/23/tech/orbit-brain-controlled-helicopter/index.html?hpt=hp_c3)

Credit card debt churning out bankrupt graduates


Many university graduates have been declared bankrupt due to heavy credit card spending and failing to settle their loans early on in their working lives.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said statistics showed that there were a 40% increase of bankrupts every five years and by 2020, the number was expected to reach 120,000.

(via. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/11/23/nation/12361423&sec=nation)

In Mexico, racism hides in plain view


Mexico City, home to 20 million people, represents the paradox of the modern Mexico, the side-by-side juxtaposition — in everything from politics to architecture — of old and new.

Turn a corner, and you’ll see a church that is 300 years old. Turn another, and you can get Wi-Fi in a Starbucks.

life in Mexico comes with more challenges for darker-skinned people

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/20/opinion/navarrette-mexico-racism/index.html?hpt=ila_t2)

After nearly 200 years, Mexico may make the name official


Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday submitted legislation to change the country’s official name to Mexico

It’s the one fact about Mexico that you probably didn’t know. The country’s name is not really Mexico, at least not officially. After gaining independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico officially became the “United Mexican States.”

The American independence movement had inspired Mexican leaders of that era and since Mexico, in fact, also was a territory composed of states, the name stuck and became official in 1824.

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/22/world/americas/mexico-name-change/index.html?hpt=hp_c3)


Which country has the best food? [List:]


Regular readers will know we love to write about food. We love to celebrate the good stuff and lambast the bad.

But there’s a debate we’ve avoided, if only to save computer screens the world over from the liters of spittle that will fly from the mouths of irate readers as they vent incredulously about our “ignorant, biased, un-researched and unreasoned” choices.

10. United States

9. Mexico

8. Thailand

7. Greece

6. India

5. Japan

4. Spain

3. France

2. China

1. Italy

(via. http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/eat/worlds-best-food-cultures-453528)

How many more Tibetans will sacrifice themselves?


When a downtrodden Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire in protest after his vegetable cart was confiscated by officials, this desperate act of self-sacrifice was seen as a catalyst for a revolution that became known as the Arab Spring.

Contrast this with China, where almost 80 people — men and women — have self-immolated since 2009 in protest against Beijing’s poor treatment of Tibet, according to rights groups. Yet details of these cases are often sketchy and difficult to verify, such is the stranglehold China has over the region.

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/22/world/asia/china-tibet-self-immolations/index.html?hpt=hp_c3)

$800 million biotech business started in a garage


As one of India’s richest self-made women, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has an impressive resume.

Her business Biocon, worth $800million, is one of India’s leading drug companies and employs more than 6,000 people at its vast campus in Bangalore.

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/15/business/kiran-mazumdar-shaw/index.html?hpt=ias_t3)

At last, it’s Zaha Hadid’s time to shine


Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid is one of the greatest living architects, and the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize

When London’s Olympic organizers needed a knockout venue that would wow the International Olympic Committee and hold the world’s attention, they turned to Zaha Hadid, a provocateur who critics have described as “the Lady Gaga of architecture”.

Iraqi-born Hadid is one of the greatest architects alive. In 2004, she became the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s greatest honor. The year prior, she was awarded the European Union Mies van der Rohe Prize for a tram station in Strasbourg.

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/01/business/leading-women-zaha-hadid/index.html?iid=article_sidebar)

Mideast peace starts with talking to Iran


British EU official Catherine Ashton, front left, walks with Iraq’s Hoshyar Zebari to talks between the P5+1 and Iran.

President Barack Obama is getting a lot of free advice. Here’s a question, not an answer: With every issue in the Middle East intertwined with every other, like a giant bowl of spaghetti, where do you begin?

In reality, no matter where you begin in the Middle East, each strand connects to almost every other:

Syria? Immediately you must think of the Turks who are harboring refugees and fighters just across the border, and Syrian Kurds, who are beginning to harbor thoughts of autonomy and are increasing contacts with their ethnic brothers in Iraq and Turkey.

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/16/opinion/sick-mideast/index.html?hpt=hp_c2)

Brazilian farmers open office in China


The Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock, the main body representing millions of farmers in Brazil, will open an office in Beijing next Wednesday aiming to increase bilateral agricultural trade and attract Chinese investment in Brazilian infrastructure.

“By 2015, 30 million Chinese are expected to join the middle classes, increasing demand for food. This is a very important opportunity for Brazil,” said the president of confederation, Senator Katia Abreu, who is heading the entity’s delegation in Asia.

(via. http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2012-11/07/content_15888138.htm)

Starbucks versus tea in India


India has been a nation of tea drinkers for centuries, but in the past decade coffee consumption has been growing. From Starbucks to Costa Coffee, coffee giants are moving into India, converting consumers from chai to cappuccino.

Last month, Starbucks opened its first outlet in India, partnering with Indian firm Tata.

“There’s a tremendous amount of coffee being sold and served in this market,” Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and CEO, told CNN’s Mallika Kapur.

(via. http://business.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/09/starbucks-versus-tea-in-india/)

College students turn jihadists


They were students of a college in the oil palm plantation town of Trolak in Perak. They became friends.

Sometime last year, senior student Mohammed Razin Shaaban, 28, recruited 21-year-old Rafik Mohammed Aaref for a jihad mission.

Razin, who is believed to have links with a top Yemeni al-Qaeda leader, Jamal al-Badawi, and Rafik were arrested in Lebanon as suspected sucide bombers last week.

(via. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/29/nation/12240539&sec=nation)

Experts warn of superstorm era to come


Crowds wait for free gas on Saturday, November 3, at the Bedford Avenue Armory in Brooklyn, New York. The U.S. East Coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy.

Superstorm Sandy was no freak, say experts, but rather a hint of a coming era when millions of Americans will struggle to survive killer weather.

They’re telling us we shouldn’t be surprised that this 900-mile-wide monster marched up the East Coast this week paralyzing cities and claiming scores of lives.

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/31/us/sandy-climate-change/index.html?iid=article_sidebar)